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24 Feb 2017

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    Fake It or Leave It

    Both Facebook and Twitter have been in the firing line over fake news and online abuse. The social media platforms have taken action. But is it too little, too late? The scale of the problem is huge. Globally, billions of Facebook comments and hundreds of thousands of tweets are posted every day. Assuming even a small percentage have nefarious intent, eliminating abuse is a bit like King Canute trying to hold back the tide. Alison van Diggelen reports from Silicon Valley. A new competition is promoting innovative ways of conducting journalism in the future in Africa. Juliana Rotich joins Click to discuss judging the digital watchdog project that aims to fund projects such as the use of drones to shoot footage for news stories in inaccessible areas. How might your heart rate be used as a password? Click talks to the researchers Zhanpeng Jin and Linke Guo about securing medical data with the biometric password of your heart beat. The Stanford University researcher, Rahim Esfandyarpour, discusses the throwaway lab on a chip that will enable cheap and effective medical diagnosis in poor and remote areas of the globe. (Photo: Myth and reality word cloud © marekuliasz/Thinkstock)

  • Posted on 21 Feb 2017

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    Digital Natives or Digital Exiles?

    Click discusses with a panel of experts in front of an audience at Dragon Hall at the UK’s Writers’ Centre Norwich, whether the internet could be an inclusive tool for participatory democracy, or whether human nature and polarised opinion inevitably turns it into rudeness and/or toxic fury - something that one of the contributors Professor Mary Beard has experienced. But why would academics be active on Twitter or Facebook? The panel also includes Paul Bernal an expert in cyber law who reflects on the broader privacy and security dimensions of the internet. In the age of fake news how can we verify and assert the primacy of the truth; where does this leave traditional content providers like BBC, newspapers, and journals. (Photo caption: Gareth Mitchell, Professor Mary Beard, Paul Bernal and Bill Thompson © WCN/BBC) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 14 Feb 2017

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    AI Predicting Emotion in Conversations

    Researchers from MIT say that they are developing an artificially intelligent wearable system that can predict if a conversation is happy, sad or neutral based on a person’s speech patterns and vitals. Click talks with the MIT researchers, Tuka Alhanai and Mohammad Ghassemi. Why buy a router when you can build your own? Carlos Rey-Moreno, one of the team behind the LibreRouter, discusses this cheap networking tool that is expected to launch later this year. Project Tide, developed in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is a smartphone app to help health professionals in developing countries accurately diagnose TB. Project Tide’s Cyan Collier describes its development. China’s WeChat mobile phone platform has recently launched mini programs, as rivals to apps. Click talks to Matthew Brennan from China Channel about WeChat’s prominence in China. (Photo caption: Mood-Predicting Wearables © Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL)

  • Posted on 07 Feb 2017

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    Asi Burak’s Games for Change

    Asi Burak is a veteran of the Games for Change movement which advocates using videogames to encourage empathy and understanding for people such as refugees in flight from war zones. Burak joins Click to discuss videogames such as Peace Maker which centres on the resolution of the Middle East conflict, and his decades-long involvement in the video games industry as highlighted in his new book, Power Play. Community Tablet Only a small percentage of the Mozambique population has regular access to the internet. Click talks to Dayn Amade about Community Tablet, his mobile internet truck that visits rural areas of Mozambique. Chayn This week sees the launch of a DIY online safety project, an open source feminist tech project, by the organisation Chayn. Hera Hussain and Aliya Bakheit join Click to discuss the online safety guide and especially the focus on social media as an aid to women who are being stalked online or who are in/have been in abusive relationships. SheSkills The digital rights activist, Nighat Dad, is a recent recipient of a Human Rights Tulip award. She joins Click to discuss her advocacy and her role in promoting SheSkills, a coding clubs for girls and women in Pakistan. (Photo caption: Asi Burak © Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 31 Jan 2017

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    Artificial Intelligence’s Threat to Jobs

    Digital Catapult hosts a conference which looks at the wide-ranging, social and economic impact that machine learning and artificial intelligence is likely to have on traditionally conservative human-to-human industries. Click is joined by Jeremy Silver. 100 Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon project The BBC 100 Women 2016 project includes the question: is the internet sexist? On 8th December, 100 Women is joining up with Wikipedia to hold a 12 hour edit-a-thon, to intervene in that story of the place of women online. Click talks to the BBC’s Fiona Crack. Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir is one of the key producers of the Star Wars battlefront game. Click talks to her about her focus on diversity in video games – not just in the people who make the games but in the content. She also discusses her commitment to the Future Is Ours campaign. Swachh Bharat Toilet Locator A team in India has developed a toilet app for people to locate the nearest toilet in northern Punjab. The app is called Swachh Bharat, meaning ‘clean India’ in Hindi, and Click talks to one of the designers Vipul Ujwal. (Photo: Prototype robot with two arms, which can move to a location, take items off shelves and put them into boxes automatically, in place of employees. For Hitachi, Japan. © Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 06 Dec 2016

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